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Week 9 (Framingham) Article

Posted Sunday, November 04, 2007 by Bob Lesniak

Oh the Pain!

Except in game three against Milton the Warriors had never been more in control of a game than they were this past Saturday entering the fourth quarter against Framingham. Up 21-12 and playing at home in a steady rain Brookline managed to yield 20 unanswered points and lose 32-21.
During a frustrating loss one week earlier to Walpole Brookline received outstanding performances from QB Irvin Scott (13 of 22 passing for 173 yards), Marcus Jones (105 yards receiving on five catches) and Mike Bennett (79 yards rushing on 12 carries). This trio shined for a second straight week but the end result was again disheartening.
The Flyers took a 6-0 jump in the opening quarter but it was an unacceptable Warrior blunder that keyed the score. On fourth-and-nine from Brookline’s 32 QB Dan Guadagnoli appeared trapped but escaped pressure and completed a 32-yard touchdown toss. Jeremy miller blocked the point-after attempt.
In the second period Brookline evened the count on Scott’s 11-yard TD pass to Jones. Miller then ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-6 Warrior edge. Later in the stanza a Brookline miscue led to Framingham regaining the lead. After taking possession at the Warrior 41 the Flyers drove for a touchdown and a 12-8 command.
The third stanza belonged to the home team with Scott going in from a yard out followed by Taeho Yoon’s EPK and Chad Hunte intercepting a pass and returning it 40 yards for a score. Hunte’s runback was the contest’s highlight play of the afternoon.
The final quarter was a Warrior nightmare as Brookline got out yarded 117-40 after owning a three-period stat edge of 141-117. Almost in a flash the fine offensive offerings of Scott (12 for 19, 88 yards passing), Jones (3 catches including a TD), Bennett (75 yards on 13 runs) and Kyle Hunte (6 receptions) were lost in a dismal defeat.
Framingham sliced its deficit to 21-19 early into the fourth stanza with the key play being a fourth-and-one from Brookline’s 21. Again Guadagnoli, a junior, was the culprit, avoiding a take-down behind the line of scrimmage and scrambling to the nine. A few plays later the flyers scored from a yard out.
On Brookline’s all-important ensuing possession a fumble returned the ball to Framingham, this time at the Warrior 15. Tenacious tackling from Bobby Fessler, Carlos Morla, Danny Costigan and Marc Lavarin helped face the Flyers with a fourth-and-goal at the one. Guadagnoli appeared down shy of the goal line but the official signaled touchdown and with 7:05 left on the game clock Framingham owned a 25-21 lead.
Brookline desperately tried to earn one final shot at victory. A stop of the Flyers on third-and-two from the Warrior 36 would have kept hope alive but the Framingham running back insured the visitors’ triumph by exploding for a 36-yard jaunt to pay dirt.
The Huntes (Chad and Kyle) each made seven initial tackles while Fessler and Chris Alicea (three on special teams) each had six. Making four apiece were Morla and Bennett while Dylan Gutheil had a trio. “This will be a very, very difficult loss to swallow,” said Caoch Laz Mitjans. “We are all feeling down but we need to somehow shake it off and come back strong next week against Wellesley. We have played very hard and we have done a lot of good things so it is frustrating to not have more wins to show for the effort.”

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